Known not by his character

James Kilpatrick on why Martin Luther King did not deserve a national holiday:

These practical objections provide the least of the objections. Note that of the nine Federal holidays, only two honor specific individuals: George Washington and Christopher Columbus. We have no Federal holiday for such towering figures as Jefferson, Madison, and Lincoln.

A decent sense of historical perspective should tell us that Martin Luther King, influential as he was in the field of civil rights, was no John Adams, no John Marshall, no Benjamin Franklin.[No National
Holiday For Dr. King, Miami Herald, August 30, 1983]

Another victory for affirmative action, I guess.

Clarence Thomas praised in New Yorker

Clarence Thomas receives high praise from New Yorker writer:

[T]his year has . . . been, for him, a moment of triumph. In several of the most important areas of constitutional law, Thomas has emerged as an intellectual leader of the Supreme Court. Since the arrival of Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., in 2005, and Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., in 2006, the Court has moved to the right when it comes to the free-speech rights of corporations, the rights of gun owners, and, potentially, the powers of the federal government; in each of these areas, the majority has followed where Thomas has been leading for a decade or more. Rarely has a Supreme Court Justice enjoyed such broad or significant vindication.

The writer, Jeffrey Toobin, quotes NU law prof Steve Calabresi, a co-founder of the Federalist Society:

Of the nine Justices presently on the Court, he is the one whose opinions I enjoy reading the most, [says Calabresi]. They are very scholarly, with lots of historical sources, and his views are the most principled, even among the conservatives. He has staked out some bold positions, and then the Court has set out and moved in his direction.

What do you know?

(Thanks to News Alert)

Obama one of a kind

Conor P. Hickey not quite asking, “Whence comes such another?”

Our President is unprecedented. In order to stop illegal immigration, President Obama sics Eric Holder on border states. In order to finally kill Bin Laden, he makes his unprecedented Middle East apology tour and makes nice with the Brotherhood who are burning Christian churches in Eygpt, Iraq and elsewhere. In order to create jobs for folks, President Obama’s folks call the working folks at Tea Party rallies domestic terrorists. Unprecedented.

More like “I haven’t heard this song before.” (Seems to me, etc.)